The Dana Zilinskas Fellowship offers $3,000 annually to support Social Workers to gain further knowledge and enhance their skills in working with cultural and linguistic diverse patient groups. 

Dana Zilinskas completed her Diploma of Social Studies with honours at the University of Melbourne in 1954. After a number of years in health, Dana joined the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 1962 as an assistant almoner and stayed at the hospital for the remainder of her working life. In 1966 Dana was appointed Assistant Chief Medical Social Worker and then in 1976 was appointed Chief Medical Social Worker. She resigned from her position in 1986 due to illness and sadly passed away in 1987 at the age of 62.

In honour of Dana’s memory her son, Andrew, has provided a substantial donation to the RMH Foundation for the creation of The Dana Zilinskas Fellowship in Social Work. This Fellowship will enable RMH Social Workers to gain further knowledge in cultural and linguistic diversity for clinicians in health care. This may be accomplished through:

  • attendance or presentation at national or international conferences;
  • education and training courses and seminars;
  • establishing relationships with future collaborators for clinical research and learning;
  • bringing back initiatives implemented elsewhere that have the potential to improve the quality of patient care at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Important dates

Applications open8 August 2017
Closing date for submissions4 September 2017, midnight AEST
Notification of outcome

mid- December 2017

Essential reading and documentation

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